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Tectona grandis (Teak)

Scientific Name: | English: Teak | Sanskrit: Shaak| Hindi: Sagun | Bengali: Seg | Marathi: Sagwan| Tamil: Tekku| Telugu: Teku| Malayalam: Tekka | Kannada: Tegu, Saagavaani|

Medicinal Uses: Expels Kidney stones, Improves Kidney function, Antidiabetes, Used for Scabies Leprosy and other skin infections, For Leucoderma and Skin discolorations, Promotes hair growth, Antipyretic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Nematocidal (Expels worms), Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-tumor and also helps arrest bleeding due to Haemoptysis.

Traditional uses:

  1. Freshly harvested leaves can be used as a natural disposable plate.

  2. Decoction of the leaves, stems, flowers helps with addressing Diabetes. Alternatively, 1-2 grams of the dried leaf powder can be taken with water in the morning.

  3. A similar decoction made by adding bark pieces as well is good for addressing asthma. This decoction also has nematocidal properties and helps expel worms

  4. Teak decoction helps with improving kidney function. It helps with oedema and water retention. Whilst it acts as a kidney tonic helping the kidneys with urine formation, it also helps control excess uncontrolled urination as well.

  5. Teak decoction also helps address stomach pain and mild colic.

  6. Oil extracted from teak flowers can be used to help contain the scabies mite.

  7. Teak flower oil also helps reduce dandruff and hairfall.

  8. Oil made by using tender teak leaves, flowers and tender pieces of bark has antifungal properties and can be used for persistent fungal infections. This oil can also be used for burns, scars and to arrest hairfall.

  9. Seed decoction is taken two to three times daily to help expel kidney stones. To make the Decoction: Take 1 tsp of powdered seeds and add it to 200ml of water. Boil down to make 100 ml.

Teak Oil preparation:

Take about 50 grams of tender leaves, flowers and bark. Grind to a fine paste along with 100 to 200 ml of water. To this add 300 ml of Coconut oil and cook on a low flame till the oil separates out and all of the water evaporartes. Let it cool before filtering the oil through a fine sieve.

Disclaimer: For the untrained eye, many plants appear similar. Do not attempt to harvest and use herbs until and unless you are familiar with herb identification and usage.

If you want to use any of the herbs mentioned on these blogs, please do so under the guidance of a doctor or a holistic practitioner. You can also write to us at for usage information specific to your issue.



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